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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

"So I told that to Hillary Clinton"

Every so often in this political season the fog of invective clears and truth emerges, stark, unavoidable, crystal clear.

The upcoming Presidential election was defined for me yesterday when I read an article about a young American actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, who supports Hillary Clinton:
It’s not the first time Chloe Grace has shown her political leanings, the outspoken 19-year-old has previously spoken of her support of Clinton’s bid for the White House over fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders, and admitted she thinks Republican Trump has no chance of succeeding President Barack Obama as U.S. leader.
“My biggest issue as a young person, male or female, is our educational system. When I turned 18, I decided that I couldn’t justify the expense of college, “she tells Elle.com.
At just 17, Chloe Grace was earning a reported $500,000 a movie. But says she chose to skip college at 18, because of the huge cost of college education. A top-tier U.S. university education can cost $60,000 a year, and a public college will cost half that, according to student support organization College Board.
“I can’t justify spending my own money and throwing it away to go to college just to pay it back for 15 years,” she says.
“It feels really inappropriate, like I’m getting robbed. So I told that to Hillary Clinton. I said, 'Why can’t we make it so when kids turn 18, they want to go to college? It should be free.'”
Really? Is this truly what we've come to in America? Or where we want to go?

Must I explain the obscenity in this young woman's remarks? If so, we have not only lost all reverence for the principle of private property in this country, but we have also lost our decency.

The opinions of this young actress might be dismissed as the self-centered ravings of an ignorant Hollywood starlet, but can they be excused? For, if we do excuse them, or if candidate Clinton accepts them or campaigns on them, what does it say about her, about us?

I should not be surprised that people in this country not only talk and think this way, but also want this warped morality to be the rule of the land. We live in an age when what is matters less than what isn't and what must be matters not at all.

If we do not reject this nonsense and embrace our sacred, American principles of life, liberty and property, there will be nothing of substance left of our society but a worthless shell, the awful, horrible refuse of what once was and should have been.

Friday, June 24, 2016

And So It Always Goes

The history of mankind reflects the ongoing struggle between the privileged and the unprivileged. Revolutions and elections pit those who have privilege against those who want it. And always the result is the same. Privilege for the victors; adversity for the vanquished. And oblivion for the hapless few who struggle against privilege itself.

Monday, June 20, 2016

"He wouldn't say 'S**t" if he had a mouthful of it."

I see the authorities are releasing the 911 tapes of the Orlando shooting but are redacting any mention of Islam or ISIS.

I see as well that authorities are releasing the 911 tapes of the recent drowning at Disneyworld in Orlando. I wonder if they are going to redact any mention of an alligator?